Australian Cricket Team Attempts Olympic Weightlifting

The Australian cricket team has in the past picked up the sport of Olympic weightlifting as a way of improving their core strength. All the big name players were reportedly very enthusiastic and keen to try out the new strength and conditioning program. As you can see from the photos Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Steven Smith can be seen in action performing the snatch technique.

Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Phillip Hughes in action doing the snatch

Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Phillip Hughes in action doing the snatch

It's widely known that core strength and technique are key aspects of the sport and that often strength isn't the first point of call for lifting heavy weights. Australian heavyweight (105kg+) Damon Kelly was enlisted to coach the cricket team during their conditioning program.

This speaks volumes to the benefits of the sport and it's fast growing take up in the community. Olympic weightlifting was once considered a niche underground sport but with the rise in Crossfit the sport has exploded into the public eye. The backing of organisations such as Cricket Australia is sure to aid the sport and the Australian Weightlifting Federation would be wise to engage such high profile sporting bodies in Australia.

The original article was written by Dave Middleton (senior news editor for cricket.com.au).